‘Organic Sisters‘ Brooke and Sal are sisters from the Sunshine Coast of Australia, with a passion for real, wholefoods and cooking. Between them, they have four beautiful daughters to keep them on their toes and inspire them to create beautiful, nourishing recipes for families and children. They are the creators of three ebooks, their latest being ‘Kids Party Food’ (which is an absolute gem!) and they inspire their online community daily with recipes and ideas via their Instagram @organicsisters and Facebook page. I have been a fan of these two for a while now and wanted to pick their brains about all things Organic Sisters!
How did the ‘Organic Sisters’ come about?
About 4 ½ years ago we completely changed our lifestyles, we changed what we ate, how we ate and our philosophy around food. We started to educate ourselves. The catalyst for this was that we both, for years had suffered with many different ailments; digestive issues, skin disorders, depression, anxiety and Sal had also been diagnosed with Polycystic Ovaries. Once we started to make some small changes we noticed a huge difference. We know from our own experiences how changing what and how you eat can make some significant differences to your life. Our very first jobs were in the hospitality industry, yep we made pizzas, kebabs, burgers and hot chips and we were totally competitive with each other (like who could roll the best kebab!). We did always enjoy making food for other people and our Great Grandmother was renowned for her old-fashioned baking and our Mum is a naturally talented cook. So I guess, in a way, the love of cooking is in our blood. We started to make and create healthy, whole food recipes and share some of our ideas on how to reconnect with real food and this is how Organic Sisters was born. We started an Instagram account and that followed with a Facebook page and then it’s just continued to grow from there. Organic Sisters is now a community of over 45,000 people! It is a community of people reconnecting with real food preparation, basic recipes and simpler living and it’s our mission to encourage and inspire people to take time out of their busy lives to nurture and look after themselves and their family, whether it’s by getting back in the kitchen, putting your hands in the earth and growing something, or simply reconnecting with nature and yourself.
What are your non-negotiables when it comes to your families diet and lifestyle?
Our non-negotiables these days are pretty simple. We don’t give ourselves a barrage of rules like we have done in the past. We basically eat real food that’s ethically sourced, fresh, grown locally and homegrown BUT (and it’s a big BUT!) we don’t get stressed if we can’t get those things. We do our best and we enjoy the food and lifestyle we live. We LOVE preparing and enjoying food together as a family, celebrating and enjoying it. We cook with love and we teach our children these same values. We are so lucky to live in a part of the world where we can be so picky about what we eat; there is a huge underlying gratitude in that luxury.
What would your advice be to families who want to change their eating and lifestyle habits? Where should they start?
Start with just adding more fresh, wholefoods into your meals. Try some probiotic foods like sauerkraut and kefir. Slowly start adding more and more whole foods and eliminating packaged foods along the way. There is a plethora of information out there but it can also be incredibly overwhelming (trust us we’ve been there!). Try to not get obsessed or bogged down in all of that. Head to your local farmers markets (if you have one) – they are usually a great source of fresh, locally grown produce. Learn to cook, get back in the kitchen and prepare meals from scratch, teach your kids how to cook, teach them the importance of real food and how good it feels to make your own meals.
Do you have any tips for fussy eaters?
Have fun – Make cooking a happy experience. Cook on the weekends or when you have more time so you are present in the moment and don’t have to rush out the door.
Teach and talk – Children naturally want to learn so talk to them about food. Teach them about where food comes from, it’s nutritional benefits and why it’s so important to cook and eat healthy and fresh food.
Grow your food – Garden with your kids so they can understand the food cycle and see food in its natural state. This experience is incredibly valuable and fun for everyone. Your kids will be excited to eat what they’ve grown themselves.
Variety – Mix it up! Don’t be afraid to try new foods or unusual combinations. As adults we sometimes get set in our ways and unconsciously pass our habits onto our children. Be adventurous!
Persistence – This is a biggie! Never stop serving a specific food just because your child refuses to eat it at first. Don’t make a big deal of it just put it on their plate often and one day they will surprise you. It may take weeks or even months but they will eventually become curious enough to try it.
What does a day on your kids plates look like? (What do they eat in a typical day?)
Breakfast – It can be anything from Chia Pudding, Porridge, Soft-boiled eggs, Avocado on sourdough toast to soup or leftovers from the night before!
Lunch/Snacks – the girls all love snack plates. We put some carrot, celery, cucumber and capsicum sticks on a plate with some kind of dip (usually avocado) and some cut up fruit (apple, orange, banana). Our pumpkin muffins (kids party food ebook), our mini savoury muffins (recipe on OS website), or buckwheat pikelets (on website).
Dinner – whatever we’ve decided to cook that evening (we all eat the same meals). It is usually something from the slow cooker or some baked chicken thighs in the oven with a variety of veggies/herbs and a good serve of a fermented food we’ve made (sauerkraut, pickled veggies, kim chi).
Care to share one of your favourite recipes?
Of course, we’ve shared one from our latest ebook ‘Kids Party Food’ – The Best Ever Chocolate Cake with Butter Cream Icing.
BEST EVER CHOCOLATE CAKE
What you need
- 1 cup of coconut flour
- 1 cup of cacao powder
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 cup of coconut sugar
- 125g of butter (melted)
- 1 cup of milk (of your choice)
- 5 organic free-range eggs
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste (optional)
What to do
- Preheat oven to 170 degrees C and line a round cake tin (approx. 20cm) with baking paper.
- Sift the flour, cacao and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and then add the remaining ingredients and mix well to form a smooth batter.
- Pour the batter into the lined cake tin and bake in the oven for approximately 40 minutes or until just cooked through. As every oven varies in temperature, keep an eye on the cake from 30 minutes onwards. Don’t be tempted to over cook this cake, you actually want it to be a little soft in the middle still so it stays nice and moist once cooled.
- Once cooked, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool completely.
BUTTER CREAM ICING
(for a dairy-free alternative – try this one – http://organicsisters.com.au/recipe/chocky-cakes/)
What you need
- 1 cup of rapadura sugar, coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 1 cup of cacao powder
- 125g of softened butter
- 1 tablespoon of milk (of your choice)
What to do
- Place the sugar into a blender and mill/blend as fine as possible.
- Using an electric mixer beat the butter until pale and fluffy.
- Add the milled sugar and cacao a little at a time until fully incorporated.
- Then add the milk and beat for another minute.
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